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Constitutional Law Keyed to Barnett
Dames & Moore v. Regan
Citation:453 U.S. 654
In 1979, the U.S. Embassy in Iran was seized and American diplomats working there were held hostage. In response, President Carter declared a national emergency and, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, froze all assets of Iran in the U.S. (prevented the removal or transfer of “property and interests in property of the Government of Iran” that were within the jurisdiction of the United States). The hostages were subsequently released pursuant to an agreement between the United States and Iran, which (in part) provided that all litigation between the two governments and nationals of the countries would be settled through arbitration in a new tribunal operated by the two countries.
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